When asked how he became an artist, Renard looked at us, slightly puzzled, before answering: “This is a difficult question. I don’t really know how we become artists”. After a short pause, he finally added: “All I know is that at some point in my life and studies, I studied in Beaux-Arts. Once there, I think that I have seen some workspaces, some thoughts where I realize that I belonged there. At least I think I meant to belong there.
“You got to have time in your life when you doubt what you are doing.” One thing that Vanessa Notley did not doubt is the fact that she wanted to be an artist from her early years. For the rest, the Scottish Drawer and Sculptor based in Sètes (Southern France), constantly looks at challenging herself and doubting what she does.
It all started when facing the choice as a teenager to go either to University or Art College.
Den falschen Film für den Oscar nominiert? Sicher ein Fehler aber nicht so schlimm meint die Künstlerin und Age of Artists Mitglied Laura Kuch im Interview mit Deutschlandradio Kultur. „Man könnte aber auch aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive da mal draufschauen und könnte sagen, da ist ja was ganz Ungewöhnliches, was ganz Überraschendes passiert, etwas, was in Erinnerung bleibt und sich eben auch abhebt von dem sonst so perfekten oder makellosen Ablauf in so einer Oscar-Verleihung.“ Allenfalls ein Schlamassel also.
Painter Joern Grothkopp already decided to become an artist when he was quite young. Likewise small decisions that he has to take while painting a picture, this important step for him was about an inner certainty: “If you’re not aware of the result before and finally you get surprised by yourself – this is annexation of future and time. It gives you self-confidence as well as self-coordination within this huge context where you don’t know where you’re standing.
Steve Linn is an American sculptor who came twenty years ago to southern France. Although most of his clients and business partners are located in America, Linn feels at home on the mediterranean coast. Located in Montpellier Area between the mountains and the beaches, the sculptor rearranged an old building into a studio where he stocks his sketches and gives life to them making bronze, wood and glass sculptures. If combining the materials together to create an artwork is recurrent in his work, his real signature is the tribute to history and achievements of extraordinary people.
Looking at business and society today many ask what the score for modern organizations should look like? At Age of Artists we suggest five objectives for modern organizations that are the foundation for what we call the purpose-built and value-based organization:
- Innovation – an organization needs to constantly innovate
- Experience – an organization needs to target a seamless and delightful experience for all stakeholders
- Social responsibility – an organization must contribute to a healthy society – locally and globally
- Sustainability – an organization must attempt to secure for further generations, not destroy
- Bottom Line – an organization must be able to sustain itself and its people
For businesses, it is obvious they must keep a sharp focus on their bottom line, as simply without that, they will not continue to exist, whereas art can exist theoretically without it.